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Any Given Sunday
Play or be Played.
A star quarterback gets knocked out of the game and an unknown third stringer is called in to replace him. The unknown gives a stunning performance and forces the aging coach to reevaluate his game plans and life. A new co-owner/president adds to the pressure of winning. The new owner must prove her self in a male dominated world.
A big steaming pile of shit, but a crazy, ambitious one that I can't help but admire. For all its OTT editing techniques, some sequences are cut together perfectly. But for the most part, the film is too "grand" for its own good. On the acting front, Foxx and Pacino are great here, even if they're just yelling all their lines. And Diaz isn't bad, unlike what everyone says.
But that "eye" scene really bugged me (if you've seen the film, you know what I'm talking about). It just seemed so out of place and was a terrible attempt at humor. This film as a whole, like I said, is a mess, but it's such a bloated and energetic mess that I'll have to give it a pass. For now.
I neglected my wife today for a day of sport. Two Premiership Games back to back followed by a movie about American Football in the lead up to Super Bowl 50 tonight, means I'll be eating on my own this evening. Not to worry, I'll have beer and crisps.
Any Given Sunday offers a dilemma for me. I like sports movies in general and this is directed by Oliver Stone, another favourite of mine, but there are also some of my pet hates in this film. Inserted between the greats, Al Pacino and James Woods, are the criminally overrated Jamie Squirrel, Cameron Diaz, and that other talentless twat Elizabeth Berkley. Another of those cliched sports films where we have a…
I remember when I saw this film for the very first time ... I was in high school ... my sophomore year on the football team ... and it was a friday afternoon after school ended. The football team always stayed after school, and we would all hang out in the locker room and relax, just getting out minds off things to help us prepare for the night's game. Sometimes we would even watch football movies. Well, on this day, we watched "ANY GIVEN SUNDAY", and I can tell you right now ... my first impression/opinion of this film when I first saw it all the way back then ... it has not changed one single bit.
Words can not…
Oliver Stone is a self-indulgent filmmaker. It's just what he does. As early as Platoon, he was indulging the viewer in the cruel and deceitful side of war, a tell all of his personal accounts and he was rewarded accolade after accolade for it. I believe after this, his ego was inflated to an unmeasurable degree. His films continued a mountainside climb of scope and rigid bias and coked up editing and unfiltered testosterone.
I don't believe a sport in movies has been as glorified as it is in Any Given Sunday. Stone strives to pound me into submission with a nonstop barrage of editing that turns character into parody and plot into a music video. He splices clips of…
keeps hammering at the idea that money/corporatization poisoned the purity of the sport, but not even Stone seems to believe that bullshit. his narrative is compromised by the demands of an audience-friendly underdog come-from-behind sports movie. but if you're like me you showed up for his crackpot associative indictment of masculinity, something he directly compares to a competition that's supposedly no longer meaningful. and as for football, Stone prefigures DJANGO UNCHAINED with Jamie Foxx's attacks on the sport as institutionalized, culturally valorized Mandingo fighting. making a satire out of a sprawling subject like this requires a pretty deft touch, one Stone doesn't really possess. thankfully he makes polemics instead.
Any Given Sunday aspires to be the NFL film par excellence, and it pretty much succeeds. An ensemble drama revolving around the ill-fated Miami Sharks, it’s stadium cinema, a positively gladiatorial experience that aims to give you an even more visceral experience than being there, or watching it on television, as Stone shoots everything with an overembodied, handheld frenzy that’s actually quite prescient of the way most football codes would come to be shot and televised over the next decade. For all the narrative machinations and ensemble charisma, great swathes of it depict the Sharks doing what they do best – at over two and a half hours, there’s almost an entire football game in here – building a propulsive…
So maybe you're better at this sort of thing if you've been a professional athlete, but found guerrilla footage shooting style plus football is a little dizzying, and I couldn't get past it to the story.
I didn't find anything to like about this film, except Al Pacino.
cut school first day back from winter break to see it a 2nd time. C'mon, my first Oliver Stone, wasn't gonna pass on full-tilt Pacino and Foxx et al.
1PM Thursday 12-23-99 at Paramus Rt 4
Two things always guaranteed with Stone:
1. His reach exceeds his grasp.
2. He's off the fucking rails.
Some great performances & soundtrack but the editing and camera is all over the place trying to make everything exciting even when the script and cast could carry it.
I'm not a huge American football fan so a hefty two hours and forty minutes drags a bit non the less worth a watch
American football is psychotic, no doubt about it.
The Miami Sharks football team has just lost 4 straight games and their star quarterback putting the playoffs and the head coach's job in jeopardy. Enter Willie Beaman, the largely unknown third string quarterback who is called on to stop the bleeding and turn the team around. As Beaman lights the world on fire with his play he will force those around him to change or be doomed in the process. A behind scenes look at the modern gladiators of the gridiron.
They really could have just called this NFL Blitz The Movie as in a lot of ways it looks and sounds like the video game. The on the field action isn't the most realistic sports movie, but thats…
Fantastic sports movie, great acting, clearly inspired the show blue mountain state
Sports have been an important part of my life. I learned about teamwork playing American football and baseball. Competitive swimming…
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